Monday, December 16, 2013



anna's room

anna's room has changed quite a bit already to reflect her budding personality.

walking in is the reading nook made using ikea ribba frame shelves and the vintage leather roche bobois couch that followed us from rome. 

the memory wall with anna's greatgrandparents' pictures, and some stuffed friends in ikea baskets that i painted a creamy white.

her dresser from ikea (duh) and hanger from zara, two gold vintage mirrors and vintage dress. 
the swedish star is a christmastime treat. i light it up at sundown every day.

ikea crib that converts to a toddler bed, polka dot ikea rug to cushion her should she learn how to escape head first (like her daddy used to do). 

the canopy is a necessity because the room has a skylight window  so it only has a blackout option. i think it's good if she gets used to napping with the daylight but i don't want her to bake! i got it on amazon.

i bought the cloud music box here in switzerland before she was born.  
i used to sit in her room imagining what it would be like to have her there, and listen to it. 
she smiles like crazy every time she hears it now, and i like to think she may recognize the tune from those days.

another view of the weathered couch and an ikea botanical chart. 
she would stare at it for hours when she was just a newborn, so i decided it belonged in her room (we had it in the living room).

the dress corner and my two old lowbrow art posters by tara mcpherson and ray caesar. 
the cute dots and triangles storage bags are from ikea and are great for storing extra nappies and linens.

the ubiquitous but versatile expedit from ikea that we use as a changing station. 
the monogram prints are freebies from here

the polka dot door was basically my nesting craze a few days before she was born
 the sweet cat hooks i got here in switzerland.

what i read and what i learned

i read a book that wasn't a novel for probably the first time in my life.

i'm a minimalist at heart, but i'm also a stuff lover. in fact i like almost everything, verging on the edge of love when we're talking about shoes and furniture.

i already knew i loved to streamline around the house and in my closet. i love to throw away stuff and make space for the new. but i'm always making lists of what i want to buy next, too.

so what did i take from this book when a lot of things i was already doing on my own?

1. if you make space you will invite new, wonderful things in life, in relationships, in your closet. don't hang on to yesterday.

2. if you think back you were probably the happiest in life when you had very little. 
strive to recreate the lightness of those days.

3. an object must have a function to reside in your home, closet or suitcase. 
 give these objects the space they deserve.

4. dress for the life you have, not wish you had.

5. don't clutter your time. 
learn to say no.

PS. I gave the book away as soon as i was done with it.